Conservation Archives - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association - Springfield Chapter

The Feather Thief

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 in Conservation, Flies, No Comments


The Feather Thief, Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century By Kirk Wallace Johnson A book review by Bob Randall Like to tie flies? Yes, then you like feathers. This is a book about the theft of museum quality feathers by an obsessed salmon fly tier. The theft was approximately 10 years […]


MDC proposes raising costs of trout permits and daily tags

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 in Conservation, No Comments


MDC proposes raising trout permits and daily tags starting in 2020 Increases needed to help cover costs of raising, stocking more than 1.5 million fish annually. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing increases to the prices of its annual trout permits and daily trout tags starting in 2020. According […]


Walk Under a Trout Stream

By Bob Randall on Monday, April 1st, 2019 in Conservation, Nature, No Comments


The American Museum of Fly Fishing and Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife aquarium and museum in Springfield, Mo., will give curious anglers the chance to walk under a carefully crafted trout stream and see  how trout move about the water column thanks to a new partnership between two entities. In addition, a large portion of […]


“No prudent man is a fisherman.”

By Bob Randall on Monday, April 1st, 2019 in Conservation, Fishing Wisdom, Nature, No Comments


One of my heroes is Aldo Leopold. Many people consider him to be the founder of wildlife conservation and he was one of the early leaders of the American wilderness movement. After receiving his Master of Forestry degree from Yale, he spent most of the next 20 years in the US Forest Service in New […]


Trout Unlimited comments on the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay in Alaska

By Bob Randall on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 in Conservation, No Comments


Heads up: The lead agency reviewing Pebble’s key federal permit just released a draft of the most important document in the process that could lead to Pebble mine. If you love fishing in Bristol Bay, or one day hope to pay a visit to ‘salmon country’ and the region of massive rainbow trout, we need your help […]


Politics in Conservation

By Bob Randall on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 in Conservation, No Comments


I was just reading a thread in the Trout Unlimited Open Forum about trout stocking plans in the State of Pennsylvania. The interesting thing that caught my eye was that the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is badly underfunded. They have been in such a contentious argument with the state legislature over whether to […]


Stream bed manipulation at Bennett Spring

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 in Conservation, Nature, Uncategorized, No Comments


MDC is manipulating the stream bottom to improve habitat/fishing.   There is a hole just where the main hatchery outflow stream enters the spring creek, some anglers call this the “Gut Hole”.  It’s about 15′ in diameter and probably 10′ deep.  It’s almost like looking into the spring itself.  Lots of fish holding and feeding […]